- September 14, 2016
Dental implants are one of the most advanced treatments in dentistry. Simply put, dental implants are placed in the bone and can be restored with crowns, bridges, or even full arches of permanent teeth. You don’t have to hunt too long to find a dental office in your area that provides dental implants — or works with someone who does. But that doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily easy to find the right office to place your dental implants.
As we said earlier, dental implants are a popular and modern treatment. Dentists everywhere want a piece of the pie. That means you’’ll find dentists with little experience or training providing dental implants. And then sometimes dentists have strict requirements about who they can treat. Today we want to address a few issues we commonly see with dental implants. Not every dentist can work around these roadblocks, but at LANAP & Implant Center or Pennsylvania, we’ve seen and treated just about every dental implant patient you could imagine.
Here are some of the problems you’ll run up against at a regular dental implant office
Not enough jawbone to place dental implants. Most dentists need their patients to be in good health and have ample jawbone level to place dental implants. When you lose your teeth, the jawbone recedes. This process starts slowly after your lose the teeth. A thin jawbone can change your appearance, but it also makes it harder to secure a dental implant. So, what can we do with a thin jawbone? Patients with a thin jawbone may be candidates for smaller implants or need bone grafting. If we need to, we can build up the jawbone and then place a durable and strong implant.
You have walk around without teeth. If a tooth cannot be saved, your best option is extraction. Extracting the failing teeth will help keep the rest of your mouth healthy. A typical dental office can extract the tooth, but then you’ll have to wait for a permanent tooth replacement. Our office would likely recommend a dental implant. Instead of making you wait around for a replacement option, we can provide you with dental implants right away, so you don’t have to walk around without teeth or schedule another dental appointment.
Metal is your only option. Most dental offices that provide dental implants only use titanium implants. Titanium is a metal material that naturally fuses to the jawbone, but there are some people who are allergic to titanium. For this group, metal implants are not an option. That doesn’t rule you out as a dental implant candidate at our offices. We use a special dental implant made from zirconia, which is a biocompatible substance that has been proven to reduce tartar and plaque buildup. With zirconia implants, you also do not have to risk developing a black line from the implant near the gum line.
These few points about are just a few things to consider when selecting the right dental implant provider.
Here are some additional tips to consider: Did your doctor take a weekend course or are they skilled in a number of dental implants techniques? Has your doctored trained with the best or trained the best? How many dental implant cases has your doctor completed? These are all great questions to ask your dentist before you commit to treatment.
A skilled dentist will be proud to share their success stories and their credentials. Dr. DiGiallorenzo is one of the most experienced metal-free implant providers in the entire country. He was selected by the Swiss biotechnology company Z-Systems to be the first dentist in America to use Z-System’s zirconia dental implants.